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19-12-09, 12:06
Cambodia deports 20 Uighurs back to China

Cambodia deports 20 Uighurs back to China AFP/File Ethnic Uighur women grab at a riot policeman as they protest in Urumqi in China's far west Xinjiang
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PHNOM PENH (AFP) A group of 20 Muslim Uighurs who were seeking refuge in Cambodia after unrest in the Chinese region of Xinjiang were deported back to China late Saturday, an interior ministry spokesman said.

"The 20 Uighurs have been sent back to China on a Chinese plane Saturday night," spokesman Khieu Sopheak told AFP.

Cambodia had said earlier Saturday it would expel the Uighurs despite protests from the United States and rights activists.

The Uighurs' presence in Phnom Penh was made public two weeks ago as they sought UN refugee status in Cambodia, saying they risked torture in China.

Clashes between Xinjiang's Uighurs and China's majority Han ethnic group in July left nearly 200 dead and 1,600 injured, according to official tolls.